Tik Tok application deemed "vulgar"

TikTok, a social media application has raised concerns with regional parents.
TikTok, a social media application has raised concerns with regional parents.

The "misuse" of a social media within state schools has triggered one citizen to speak up in a bid to alert other parents and importantly raise the potential risks it exposes to children as young as 12.

The Mid North parent, who wished to remain anonymous, contacted the Barossa Herald last week desperate to share some fears already raised by the parent with local school leaders.

The plea comes after noticing a string of uploaded videos - made through social media app 'TikTok', featuring local students in uniform, in school hours and on site - all accessible to the public.

This app was created for sharing short lip-sync, comedy and talent footage.

However, the parent shared how the videos reveal a lengthy number of students performing to a variety of songs, deeming many as "vulgar".

Primary concerns centre on children being able to access "this type of content in a supposedly child safe environment...". "[The] children are being exposed to sexual, racist, and offensive content in school, both during class, in toilets and change rooms," the parent said.

"Kids might think it's funny, and lots of the appropriate clips are very funny, but clips such as 'these' need adult intervention".

This year the parent contacted schools in the Mid North, Gawler and the Barossa, highlighting concerns saying "little action" resulted.

"[It] kept happening to the point where I had no choice but to remove my child as they were unable to safely attend the school, due to this content being everywhere, to the point my child developed a serious aversion to going to school," the parent said.

Kapunda High School principal Kristen Masters issued a statement to the Herald saying how a parent had contacted the school about the videos filmed on school.

"We took action to have them removed." Students have been reminded of the their 'Personal Technology Policy' advising that posting of videos with racist, sexist and sexually explicit lyrics and dance moves will be responded to "very seriously".

Children Protection Shadow Minister Jayne Stinson had also contacted schools subject to complaints made by more than one parent.